Briefs

Citywide Reads book revealed

MAIN LIBRARY “The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips,” detective fiction author Raymond Chandler wrote in his 1943 novel “The Lady in the Lake.” But the Santa Monica Library wants to have no silence concerning “The Lady in the Lake,” which has been selected as this year’s... Read more →

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Malibu residents demand seat on school board

MALIBU CITY HALL — Revolutionary fervor gripped the Board of Education meeting Thursday as Malibu residents protested their lack of representation in a district they say is disproportionately funded by their taxes. Malibu city officials and school parents issued the call to arms during the public comment portion of the meeting,... Read more →

Crime

Police: Most arrests on out-of-towners

CITYWIDE — Most criminals caught in Santa Monica hail from outside of city borders, according to statistics released by the police department. Santa Monica police recently created a graph depicting the total number of arrests by year from Jan. 1, 2006 to April 28, 2011, broken down by origin of the alleged criminals. Miscreants fall... Read more →

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Helping heal the homeless

The Westside’s Emergency Winter Shelter Program will open six weeks early this year in order to help deal with a sudden and dramatic increase in homelessness in Council District 11, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Bill Rosendahl announced. Beginning Oct. 15, 50 shelter beds will be provided by First to Serve... Read more →

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Money for veteran housing gets OK

WEST LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday that would release millions of dollars to retrofit and renovate several buildings on the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus. The law, called the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act, is a $1.2 billion measure spread out over... Read more →

Crime

No cheddar for this meal

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2:38 a.m., Officers responded to the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Denny’s — regarding a report of a theft... Read more →

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Panera Bread raises funds for breast cancer

On Monday, Oct. 10, the bakery and cafe Panera Bread is donating 100 percent of sales from its Pink Ribbon Bagels to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. The mission is to move breast cancer beyond just a cure. During the month of October, 10 cents from each $1.35 Pink Ribbon Bagel sold will be donated and $1 from every Power of Pink... Read more →

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State officials seeking tips in mountain lion killing

SM MOUNTAINS — State fish and game wardens say a mountain lion found dead in the western Santa Monica Mountains was killed and mutilated by poachers and they are seeking tips in the case. The 7-year-old lion, named P-15, was one of the last remaining male mountain lions in a wildlife study being conducted by the National Park... Read more →

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Council keeps momentum behind airport visioning process

CITY HALL — A diminished City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to push forward with the second phase of a visioning process examining the future of Santa Monica Airport despite calls by neighbors to go back to the drawing board. The vote also directed the city attorney to explore legal action that would clarify what rights City Hall... Read more →

Crime

Teen arrested for string of robberies

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A 17-year-old student in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was being held in a juvenile detention facility Wednesday after being booked on four counts of robbery, police said. The teen, a white male who lives in Santa Monica, is believed to be responsible for a string of armed robberies that took... Read more →

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Beware of the ‘first flush’

SM BEACH — On the heels of Los Angeles County’s first significant rainfall since March, Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay is urging people to not go into the water at local beaches for at least 72 hours. The environmental watchdog issued a warning Wednesday as coastal areas and valleys were expected to be soaked by anywhere from a... Read more →

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Commission paves way for Malibu High lights

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Sports fans took home a win Wednesday when the California Coastal Commission gave the city of Malibu the authority to permit lights at the Malibu High School sports field. The unanimous decision came quickly for the 12 commissioners after hours of testimony by athletes, parents and school officials speaking in... Read more →

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Drugs played role in PCH crash

PCH — Police said drugs played a role in Monday’s traffic collision that forced the closure of Pacific Coast Highway southbound between the California Incline and the McClure Tunnel during the evening commute. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis said the driver of a 1997 Honda Accord will most likely be charged with reckless... Read more →

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Endorsements come pouring in

Environmentalists and seasoned politicos are weighing in on the race to represent Santa Monica in the newly-created 50th Assembly District, throwing their weight behind two Democrats. Longtime non-profit director and liberal activist Torie Osborn of Santa Monica this week picked up endorsements from Jonathan Parfrey, president of the Los... Read more →

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RAND names new leader

MAIN STREET — Santa Monica-based RAND Corp., a 60-year-old think tank that got its start as a government research and development unit, has selected a new leader. Michael D. Rich, a member of RAND’s senior leadership team for two decades, was selected Tuesday as the president and chief executive officer of the non-profit. Rich... Read more →